Drag 'n drop?

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Drag 'n drop?

Postby Mr Wolf » 21. Oct 2012, 15:20

Hi to all!
How is drag 'n drop supposed to work?
I'm using Windows 7 as host and Windows XP as guest: I installed guest additions, enabled drag 'n drop in the options, tried to drag 'n drop a file from host to guest desktop, but it doesn't allow me. :|
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby mpack » 21. Oct 2012, 15:39

Mr Wolf wrote:I'm Winston Wolf, I solve problems
... umm... provided the solution doesn't involve searching previous answers or changelogs, evidently.

VirtualBox v4.2.0 changelog wrote:
  • Added experimental support for Drag'n'drop from the host to Linux guests. Support for more guests and for guest-to-host is planned. (bug #81)
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby biggbitt » 24. Oct 2012, 17:06

this is amazing software.
same bug here. xpsp3 guest, win7 x64 host. vbox 4.2.2 drag and drop is non functional. i wonder if this should be submitted as a bug, or to just hold off for a bit.
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby Perryg » 24. Oct 2012, 17:21

No bug. read the information above. It is highlighted in red

PS: you should have waited more than 10 minutes to post this has a bug. It will be marked as invalid.
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby snowglider » 26. Oct 2012, 10:12

Perryg wrote:No bug. read the information above. It is highlighted in red


So why is the option there for windows guests?

Really need drag and drop for windows guests please :)
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby mpack » 26. Oct 2012, 11:54

snowglider wrote:So why is the option there for windows guests?

The option is there in the VM settings. VirtualBox doesn't really know or care what the guest OS is. The OS question during VM creation just selects a set of default settings, not a different implementation of the VM.
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby verithingeoff » 29. Oct 2012, 10:13

Hi,
I have the drag and drop, and the shared clipboard set to bidirectional. Running XP on a Mac host. Nothing happens. I can drag the file/folder to the virtual xp, but it doesn't stay put. If I copy and paste, the paste option is greyed out in the virtual machine. Am I missing something?
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby Leak » 29. Oct 2012, 11:33

verithingeoff wrote:Am I missing something?

Like mpack wrote a few posts above, this experimental feature currently ONLY works for dragging files from the host to Linux guests...
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby Mr Wolf » 29. Oct 2012, 11:38

I think that, as many, I was "deceived" by the fact that drag 'n drop is available as an option for all the VM.
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby verithingeoff » 29. Oct 2012, 15:22

Mr Wolf wrote:I think that, as many, I was "deceived" by the fact that drag 'n drop is available as an option for all the VM.

I really rate the VM machine, but wouldn't it be better to make it available to Mac and Windows hosts before Linux?
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby Perryg » 29. Oct 2012, 16:04

I really rate the VM machine, but wouldn't it be better to make it available to Mac and Windows hosts before Linux?


What most people don't understand is it is far easier to create and adapt options in an open source OS than a closed source OS.
Add to that there are more volunteers and interested individuals that can add or provide code you see the reason. However if you have the ability to write the code for Mac, or Windows the VirtualBox code is available for free download. Post the DnD code for review and inclusion in the trunk and everyone will have it.
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby verithingeoff » 30. Oct 2012, 05:41

Thanks for that PerryImage
I don't have the ability to write this sort of code, so I guess I'll wait with baited breath until the Mac version comes out
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Re: Drag 'n drop?

Postby mpack » 30. Oct 2012, 13:41

verithingeoff wrote:I guess I'll wait with baited breath

Urrgghh. Pet peeve: "bait" is something you catch fish with, and if your breath was reminiscent of that then you would have few friends! You wait with bated breath for something to happen... :) (bated: same root as "abate", i.e. reduced, lessened, held, also think "rebate").
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